Architects and Civic Leaders creating a Blueprint for Better

Architects are working with mayors and other civic leaders to take on critical issues cities are facing, including rising water, natural disasters, sustainability, and housing shortages. Architects study, train extensively, and become licensed to help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all who visit the structures that they design. Just as they are trusted advisors when working on buildings, they can be trusted advisors for your cities. This year’s campaign focuses on civic leaders and architects working in partnership to create a blueprint for better.

News & Stories

Giving new life to historic buildings leads to happier, healthier cities

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

Almost every city in America has a historic building awaiting a rebirth. Whether it’s a 300-year-old church, a 19th century warehouse, or even a 1950’s gas station, there is potential for great new spaces in your community.


How architects can help communities recover from disasters

By Steve Cimino

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August of 2005, it quickly became a force unparalleled in the history of modern disasters. Roughly 850,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, leaving countless residents with nowhere to go.


Architects are part of the solution to Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis

By Steve Cimino

The Skid Row neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles is perhaps the best-known homeless district in the country, the city’s social services and beautiful weather having made it a destination for the disenfranchised.


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2018 Film Challenge

The fourth annual Film Challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate to bring architectural stories to life. The prompt calls for participants to highlight architects and civic leaders working together to create a significant impact on the community. The Film Challenge is designed to garner maximum engagement and encourage quality content based on the campaign’s concept: Blueprint for Better.

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